Local Celebrity Chefs And Businesses Rally To Help LCSC End Hunger At Got Green?
With the third annual Got Green? event just around the corner, local celebrity chefs and business owners are upping their games in support of the work Lakewood Community Services Center does in the community. Our only fundraiser of the year, proceeds from Got Green? support the emergency food and homeless prevention programs and services provided to 10,000 of our neighbors who need us more than ever before. We are seeing at 30%+ increase in the number of individuals coming in for help so far this year and anticipate an even bigger increase once the cold weather hits.
This year’s celebrity chef, Chef Steve Schimoler, chef/owner of Crop Bistro and Bar in Ohio City is preparing a menu that offers diners the best from the late summer harvest. Beef brisket BBQ, heirloom tomatoes and county fair dipped corn from the region’s small farmers and artisanal producers are just a few of the night’s choices. And to help us raise more money, Chef Schimoler is offering his whimsical Tour de Crop, a seven-course tasting menu for two with wine pairings at Crop’s Chef Table.
Chef Chris Hodgson, chef/owner of Hodge’s Cleveland (and local food truck pioneer – think Dim and Den Sum and Hodge Podge) has offered us an amazing silent auction item – imagine Chef Hodgson preparing a five-course dinner for 10 right in your own home! And from anxiously awaited and just opened Black Pig in Ohio City comes a dinner for four with wine pairings at the Chef’s Table from Chef Mike Nowak.
It’s not all about food, though. Abode Modern Lifestyle Developers has donated round trip airfare and four days and three nights at a luxurious beachfront villa in Tulum, Mexico for two lucky winners, courtesy of Eleven River and Clifton Pointe Luxury Townhomes.
“The generosity of the local community for Got Green? and for LCSC has been astounding,” says planning committee member Sarah Bishop. “I have worked on this event since the first one in 2010 and I am thrilled by the outpouring of support this year.”
Packages that celebrate Cleveland’s most popular neighborhoods round out the auction. The Lakewood basket is the one everyone will want to take home. With gifts and gift certificates from Lion and Blue, Plantation Home, Paisley Monkey, Follicle (a salon), Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar, Players and Georgetown, the basket is a virtual trip through Lakewood’s unique specialty shops and restaurants.
Bidders also have the chance to take home the Tremont basket including gift certificates from Parallax Restaurant & Lounge, Lilly Handmade Chocolates, Fat Cats, Dante, Tremont Tap House, Evie Lou and Lolita. Ohio City, Detroit Shoreway and Downtown are represented by offerings including gift certificates from House of Blues, Lola Bistro, LUXE Kitchen and Lounge and Reddstone.
But remember, you can’t win anything unless you go to Got Green? on Friday, September 7th. Purchase your tickets online at www.lcsclakewood.org. You will have a great time while you support a great cause.
I am the Executive Director of Lakewood Community Services Center.